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The iconic Canadian sportscaster, 59, shared the news on Twitter Thursday, leaving a series of unanswered questions among sports fans.
"Sad to say goodbye today to my friends at CTV and TSN but so excited for my next chapter which will be as amazing the last," he wrote. "Thank you. Had the time of my life. Cheers."
????♥️????Sad to say goodbye today to my friends at CTV and TSN but so excited for my next chapter which will be as amazing the last. Thank you. Had the time of my life. Cheers????????????
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— Rod Black ???????? (@RodBlackTSN)
Black also shared a statement through, “I’ve been a broadcaster for almost 40 years, with over 30 of those spent with the Bell Media family, and have had a front-row seat to some of the most magical moments in sport."
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He continued, "I’ve had the chance to travel the world, but more importantly I’ve been able to cover this country from coast-to-coast-to-coast. I will miss the network, and particularly those who have sat beside me and worked with me during all of the incredible events we’ve covered. I can’t extend my thanks enough to all those who’ve been part of this journey. I’m so excited for the next chapter, which will be the most exciting chapter of all.”
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Black has been covering sports for almost 40 years. He is best known by Toronto sports fans as the host of NBA On TSN, and for his coverage of memorable Raptors playoff runs.
"Rod has been an unforgettable and consistent presence on TSN, with a deep sports knowledge that has allowed him to seamlessly transition between hosting duties and calling games, from football to figure skating to basketball, and more," said Stewart Johnston, Senior VP, Sales and Sports, Bell Media in a statement. “While we'll miss him behind the desk and in the booth, we are grateful for his time with the network and wish him nothing but the best."
Twitter had a lot to say about Black's departure. Check out some of the reaction:
There is only one Rod Black. You can’t write Canadian sports broadcasting history without him.
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— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur)
Is Rod Black just another victim of Bell's slash and dash treatment of their staff?
— Baron Von Awesome (@CappyD)
Why in middle of 2021 season? 5-6 games remaining. Seems unusual. TSN is running short of broadcasters for CFL. Time that Sportsnet or CBC starts getting into CFL.
— Steve D Borsa (@samcody43)
I feel like we use the phrase "coast-to-coast-to-coast" too much in Canada. Just reading Rod Black's statement and he uses it in talking about getting to cover sports in the country.... When did he ever cover a sport north of Edmonton?
— Justin (@WildcatOil)
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